5 Reasons This Election Is Ward Cleaver vs. Eddie Haskell
In Campaign 2012, Leave it to Beaver comes to life.
October 25, 2012 - 9:00 am
1. Obama, like Eddie Haskell, is slick and devious.
The hallmark of Eddie Haskell’s character is his deviousness:
The character, played in the original series by Ken Osmond, has become a cultural reference, recognized as an archetype for insincere sycophants. Ward Cleaver once remarked that “[Eddie] is so polite, it’s almost un-American”. The archetype became so well known that the term “Eddie Haskell” was adopted into everyday use.
Eddie was known for his neat grooming — hiding his shallow and sneaky character. Typically, Eddie would greet his friends’ parents with overdone good manners and often a compliment such as, “That’s a lovely dress you’re wearing, Mrs. Cleaver.” However, when no parents were around, Eddie was always up to no good — either conniving with his friends, or picking on Wally’s younger brother Beaver. Eddie’s two-faced style was also typified by his efforts to curry favor by trying to talk to adults at the level he thought they would respect, such as referring to their children as Theodore (Beaver’s much-disliked given name) and Wallace, even though the parents called them Beaver and Wally.
Barack Obama can give Eddie Haskell a run for his money. Obama’s participation in the first two presidential debates saw him making bald-faced lies with his trademark elan. His lies really took off in the second debate, though, as he sought to impress his base with his manic energy and in-your-face arguments:
9. “…[H]e was asked, is it fair for somebody like you, making $20 million a year, to pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a bus driver….And he said, yes, I think that’s fair.” Obama was referring to Romney’s recent 60 Minutes interview. But the transcript reveals Obama was not telling the truth. Romney was not saying it was fair that higher income should be taxed at a lower rate. He was referring specifically to the principle that capital gains should be taxed lower than other income because it has been taxed once already–a principle, incidentally, that Obama agrees with in his own tax policy.
6. “They rely on it for mammograms.” Obama attacked Romney’s proposal to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood by claiming that the organization provides mammograms to women to help prevent breast cancer. It’s been a repeated claim made by the left for months. The problem is that it’s just untrue–and even left-leaning mainstream media fact-checkers have acknowledged that. What is perhaps worse than Obama’s misleading claim about mammograms is the unsupported implication that Romney wants to deny life-saving health care to women–a cheap shot to which Romney was given no chance to respond.
4. “And the production is up….What you’re saying is just not true.” Obama contested a claim by Romney that production of oil and gas is down on federal lands. He even accused Romney of not telling the truth. But Romney was right–exactly right, down to the percentage decline. Furthermore, Obama’s claim that he has been increasing oil and gas production on federal lands flies in the face of recent policy decisions, such as closing off a large part of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to further development. Obama has tried to take credit for expansion on private lands, while opposing expansion wherever possible.
Obama’s debate behavior isn’t new for seasoned-Obama watchers. Obama has always had a narcissist’s relationship with the truth. To the narcissist, if the statement helps him at the moment it’s true, never mind any troublesome facts. Outside of the crucible of a debate, Obama’s lies have had more delicacy, but he’s still lied. When it came to his relationships with Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, and Tony Rezko, he first denied any but the most casual acquaintance. Then, as more information leaked out, he kept admitting to closer knowledge, even while denying that his original statements were untruths.
More recently, Obama let the public see his evolution on gay marriage, one that involved first supporting gay marriage, then finding Jesus and opposing it, and finally deciding, without explanation, that Jesus pretty much mandates gay marriage. Only a cynic would note of this last flip (or was it a flop?) that scripture marched nicely along with Barry’s desperate need for campaign cash, some of which might come from a GLBT community that’s pleased that Obama finally came out of the closet on the subject. Obama’s views aren’t e-volving, as he and his acolytes claim, they’re re-volving.
All of this is Obama’s Eddie Haskell hustle. And he does it all with Eddie’s trademarked smarminess. He knows that he’s pulling one over on the voters (they’re the Wally and Beav naifs in this national play), and he can’t resist a few winks to his complicit MSM audience. They’re all in on the joke being played on the American innocents.